Middle East: Shadowy Report: Moscow denies Israeli ties

Moscow denies Israeli ties

Though the Soviet Union officially denied it, the report suggested that Moscow might be ready to try a new approach in the Middle East. According to Israeli state radio, the Soviets last week offered to renew diplomatic ties with Israel, which Moscow broke in 1967 during the Six-Day War, and to allow increased emigration of the Soviet Union's estimated 2.5 million Jews. Moscow's asking price: an Israeli-Syrian agreement on the Golan Heights, part of which Israel seized from Syria during the 1967 war and formally annexed in 1981.

The offer was reportedly made in Paris by Yuli Vorontsov, the Soviet Ambassador...

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